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Mountaineer Legend Receives Highest Civilian Honor from President Trump

Mountaineer Legend Receives Highest Civilian Honor from President Trump

President Donald Trump presented Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor for a civilian in the United States, just moments ago in the Oval Office of the White House.

In his speech, President Trump said the following:  “The fact that West Virginia supported me so forcefully in 2016 probably helped Jerry West get the Medal of Freedom today.”

In a statement released on Twitter, the White House said, “President Trump will award the Medal of Freedom to Jerry West, whose excellence and determination have made him a true sports icon!”

Senator Joe Machin posted a congratulatory message on his Twitter account earlier today as well, adding, “Jerry is a great athlete, a great man and a great West Virginia native.  Please join me in congratulating Jerry!”

Brad Smith is a Senior Writer for Mountaineer Sports. Smith is among the most influential sports writers in the state of West Virginia and is a proud West Virginia University Graduate. Smith lives with his beautiful wife and children in Morgantown.

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